Signs Along the Way

I finally made a sale over at my Fine Art America gallery, a greeting card of this painting. The email notifying me of the sale took me by surprise, honestly, a pleasant surprise at that. The dollar amount is meaningless, but it was a poke to me that someone saw my art enough to enjoy it and want to take it home.

As I posted the image above, my 4 year old came over and sat in my lap and said “Oh my god, mommy, that’s a really good painting!” (My 10 year old has picked up “oh my god” from his classmates, so now of course the 4 year old is saying it, too.) Then she wanted to see some of my other artwork, so I showed her the Gallery page, and I felt another little poke.

There aren’t enough hours in the day, and I only recently recommitted to taking care of my own health and well-being again, which has to be a priority so I can have more to give to others. But with that, I hope the energy I have been lacking will come back to carve a little more time out for creating and sharing here. I’ve been missing it a lot.

Finished Humpty Dumpty Illustration

Donald Trump as Humpty Dumpty standing on a wall with barbed wire, two skeletons in the background, made with watercolors, copyright 2019 Kat MicariThis illustration is the big one I’ve been working on all year. I’m excited it’s done! It’s the accompanying piece to the poem Humpty Dumpty’s Reign which I posted at the end of last year, and I added an extra stanza to it this summer. I’m posting it again below.

Humpty Dumpty’s Reign

 

Humpty Dumpty crowned himself king

He said “It really don’t mean a thing!

Cuz you’ve been serfs for years

So forget all your fears

And keep pretending freedom will ring.”

 

Humpty Dumpty wanted a wall,

And to get it, he had the actual gall

To shout “Let’s get the ball rollin’!”

And try to use capital stolen

From people who have no will left to stall

 

Humpty Dumpty let humans be caged.

Children wailing, parents enraged.

He thought them unequal at best,

More like an animal or pest.

Using them to keep his supporters assuaged.

 

Humpty Dumpty spewed out his lies,

Never hearing the people’s painful cries

“It’s as if they’re already dead,

So I’ll ignore the sounds in my head,

And continue to crush them like flies.”

 

Humpty Dumpty’s fall from grace

Will leave a nation with a big empty space

You can bet the men of power have met

To choose and pull out a new puppet

Thus continuing the system of control apace.

 

Copyright 2019 on both poem and picture, Kat Micari

New-ish Art

I’ve finally updated my gallery page with the 3 paintings I finished for the art show last month, and I put two of them up on my Fine Art America page too.

This abstract is entitled Breaking Through, and I painted it with the thought of people finally breaking free of their programming.

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The last two are watercolors that started out as experiments with my son from about a year ago, using salt crystals on the page to create interesting texture. After letting the textured pages sit for a long time, I built on top of them in ways that seemed interesting to me, without any set plan in mind. The first was more successful than the second and may have become a personal favorite. I titled it Outer Space 1 because I assume I’ll be painting more on the theme at a later date. I loved playing with my new set of metallic watercolors that I got over the holidays on this one.

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The second is a generic landscape that seems a little garish to me, but it is an interesting effort so I am sharing it. Because I wasn’t as satisfied with this one, it is not getting a name nor did I upload it for merchandising purposes, but I do have the original available if anybody is interested.

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I have been meaning to share these for over a month now, but work and life has been insane. Still working on coming up with some solutions to give me more time to create, but I am taking things as they come. It felt so good to work on these.

Art Supplies

I received the gift of some amazing new art supplies this past weekend at a belated Christmas celebration. I feel incredibly spoiled. The Dr. Ph. Martin’s watercolors are my preferred medium because I love the pigmentation, and I use the white Dr. Martin ink for highlights sometimes. I’ve never played with metallic watercolor before, so that will be fun to do.

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Since I have gotten them, I have also begun the process of going through our old art supplies, testing them to see if they are still good and discarding items which are no longer functional. Also, reminding myself of what we have. Because that will help determine what pieces I tackle first. I was surprised that a cheapo marker set I bought way back in 2006 only needed a few thrown away, though I suspect many that are left may be a one-time-use-only before they completely dry out too.

What I will need to purchase most likely are the papers and canvasses to put the work on. And that can get pricey, but not quite as pricey as paints can. But maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised by our supplies.

Anyway, I’m still having a difficult time carving out time for creative work, and usually it is my art time that seems hardest to squeeze in because I’ve made music more of a priority at this point, but I’m sneaking in bits wherever I can. It feels really good to get any creative time, even if it’s only 10 minutes here, 30 minutes here, time I should spend doing chores or going to bed earlier. It feels good.

Two Words, a poem

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When Two Hearts Become One – Copyright 2015, Kat Micari


Two Words

Oh, speak two words,
And speak three more.
Then let me hear
Your knock on my door.
Hold me close,
Fold me in tight.
Let me bask in
The warmth of your light.
Love, let me breathe you in
So deep and so long.
Let me sing to you
An old love song.
Let me give to you
All that I can be.
Prove to me
Every possibility.
But if my dreaming
Isn’t meant to be
Then speak another two words
And set me free.
Release your hold on me
And let me fly.
Yes, speak two words –
“Farewell” and “goodbye”.

Copyright 2016, Kat Micari

Cover Art for The Cephalopod Maid

Here is the finished work for The Cephalopod Maid. I used watercolors, watercolor pencils, and a little white ink on her eyes.

The Cephalopod Maid

Image copyright 2014, Kat Micari.

I could have spent a lot more time adding several more detailed layers to the tentacles, but I decided not to. Once the image was shrunk down for the cover and had a filter placed over it, I would have lost all the detail work anyway.

I’m still finalizing the story descriptions, so I won’t actually be uploading it until later today. But links will be coming soon!

Some Progress on “The Cephalopod Maid” and Life!

Writing of “The Cephalopod Maid” is going along swimmingly!  (See what I did there?  It’s a joke, cuz cephalopods live in the ocean!)  I need to think a little more about where the story wants to grow, but that’s okay, because I have to focus my time and efforts on commissioned work for the next week.  Well, commissioned work and drumming up more paid-for work.  So unfortunately, a free short story needs to take the back seat.  Which makes me sad, because I’ve also added another two layers to the cover art, and now I can’t touch that until next week either.

Here she is!  I’ve got one layer of shading left to do on the maid, and then I get to add the details.  You can’t see in this photo, but there is a really lovely green shade to her face that goes into her body.

Cephalopod cover art in progress

In other news, our office/work space is almost completely set up.  We’ve got several different pots on the fire, and we’re hoping that we can keep it all going.  And we’re trying to settle into a work routine.  We’re still weighing whether or not we’ll look for a part or full time job for one of us or try to push the freelancing.  I think right now the plan is to keep all door opens, apply for positions as they come up and we find them interesting, and push the freelance.  It’s tough to find a balance of doing paid work, looking for future paid work, and developing art and writing that will hopefully eventually become paid work and to grow as an artist.

Starting Friday, I’ll be taking part in a Discover Authors blog tour for Penumbra, so for ten days, I’ll be posting the books for the other authors on the tour.  I’m excited to participate.  I’ll also be running an ebook giveaway for Penumbra as part of the tour, so keep watch for that!